Senior Solicitor, Prosecutions

• Do you enjoy working with others?

• Do you have excellent problem solving skills?

• Do you have strong communication skills?

The successful applicant will join the Prosecutions team in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, assessing briefs of evidence prepared by the Department’s investigators and where appropriate, will lay charges or issue warning letters for offences under various legislation, including the Wildlife Act 1975 and the Forests Act 1958.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Ssol
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50803019X
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - 50803019 - Senior Solicitor, Prosecutions.docx (Word, 139KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sharon Webb
0436 804 443

Position Details

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is excited to advertise the new, ongoing role of Senior Solicitor within the Prosecutions team. The team prosecutes individuals and organisations for breaches of environment and conservation laws in the DELWP portfolio. The Senior Solicitor, Prosecutions is a qualified lawyer with an Australian practicing certificate.

Your career to date has been immersed in criminal law and you have a solid reputation amongst your colleagues for being a senior practitioner in criminal law and enforcement. You are a Prosecution's team dream! You tick all the boxes with your ability to analyse briefs, have great attention to detail, get your head around complex matters, and present logical coherent submissions in court. Your knowledge and application of criminal procedure and law of evidence has brought you success in your career and is admired by others.

When you join our team, you will experience the relief of not having to run from one court room appearance to another, day after day. You will have the joy and satisfaction that comes with adequate time to prepare your cases and for your court appearances.

Your main stakeholder is the Office of the Conservation Regulator within DELWP. The Conservation Regulator oversees regulatory functions in conservation and environment within DELWP. Your relationship building and communication skills are exceptional; and you shall use these skills in forming, strengthening and maintaining the stakeholder experience by providing guidance and sound advice on how best to approach prosecution matters within the confines of the law and departmental policies. Your exceptional stakeholder engagement skills and resilience will be utilised as you navigate complex issues, conversations, expectations and the general demands and priorities of the role.

This is a genuine opportunity to step up in your career. You will have your own caseload of prosecutions matters as well as the opportunity to supervise junior staff on complex projects. You can be relied on, to not only share your subject matter expertise, but to also genuinely guide staff in assisting with their skills development.

We do not exaggerate when we say we have a positive and supportive culture in all of our Legal teams. You will be surrounded by people who are professional, engaged in their work and collaborative. We are trying not to sound too ‘geeky', but the reality is we really are a friendly bunch of people.

We won't be shy in saying we need a solicitor who is happy to come to work, rolls up their sleeves, proactively responds to matters that arrive on their desk, immerses themselves in their work and engages with all the people they work with. If criminal law and prosecutions runs through your veins, if you get a buzz from knowing you are contributing to protecting the Victorian natural environment, and, if forming internal stakeholder relationships is as easy as breathing for you – we encourage you to apply.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • An Australian lawyer within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria), holding or eligible to hold an Australian practising certificate.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal advice and case management on complex issues with minimal supervision in the following key practice areas: criminal law and procedure, evidence law and statutory interpretation, including demonstrated experience managing and providing strategic legal advice in complex cases.
  • Demonstrated experience appearing as an advocate in criminal proceedings in Victorian Courts.
  • Experience in conducting prosecutions is highly desirable but not essential.

This is an ongoing position.

To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the Key Selection Criteria detailed in the position description, including the Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications and capabilities sections. 

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday 31 January 2022.

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.

Applicants must possess corresponding work rights to be eligible for appointment for the advertised employment period. To be appointed to an ongoing position you must be an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian/New Zealand citizen.

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

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